Today, October 11, is Eleanor Roosevelt’s birthday. She was born in 1884 and died November 7, 1962 at the age of 89. Eleanor Roosevelt was the wife of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the First Lady of the United States from 1933 through 1945. Mrs. Roosevelt was an author, advocate for civil rights and speaker. She supported the foundation of the United Nations, founded the United Nations Association of the United States and was a delegate to the UN General Assembly.
Eleanor Roosevelt left us with many humorous, wonderful and inspiring quotes to live by. Here are a few of my favorites:
1. “Always be on time. Do as little talking as humanly possible. Remember to lean back in the parade car so everybody can see the president. Be sure not to get too fat, because you’ll have to sit three in the back seat.”
2. “Without the United Nations our country would walk alone, ruled by fear instead of confidence and hope.”
3. “Life was meant to be lived and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.”
4. “One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it's expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.”
5. “A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.”
6. “Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.”
7. “Friendship with ones self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.”
8. “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”
9. “Believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experience behind him.”
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